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Fall 2018 Courses

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Summer 2018

URBAN 200-4001. The Urban Metropolis. Online. 7W1. 05/06/2018-06/23/2018. Examines the evolution of cities, the process of urbanization, and the demographic trends in contemporary urban communities. Explores concepts about urban growth/decline and how metropolitan locations are integrated into a global society.

URBAN 297/497-4001. Diversity in the City. Online. 3W2. 07/22/2018-08/11/2018. Examines diversity in the city through film and television, including popular movies and television shows like Parks & Rec, The Wire, and Slumdog Millionaire, and The Lorax.

URBAN 297/497. Investigate Boise I: Boise’s Urban Environment. Mo-Fr 9:00 am-5:00 pm. This class will investigate the history and politics of Boise’s urban environment. We will examine water, land, animals, and transportation in Boise, and use on-site visits to make comparisons to nationwide historical trends.

URBAN 297/497. Investigate Boise II. Mo-Fr 9:00 am-5:00 pm. 07/09/2018-07/13/2018. This class will examine multiple aspects of the Boise River. We will look at where our water comes from, where it goes, who uses it, and how this might change in the face of population growth and climate variability.

Fall 2018

URBAN 201: Planning and the Environment  An urban frontier rises from cheatgrass and sagebrush to test the limits of sustainable growth. Explores the planning, policy, and environmental dynamics that sprawl cities into the desert, and profoundly transform the American west.  Mo-We 3:00 pm-4:15 pm.

URBAN 300: Urban Infrastructure Explores how cities and communities are built and revitalized. Introduces contemporary and historical policies and plans that shape the urban and regional environment. PREREQ: URBAN 200 or URBAN 201. Mo-We 1:30 pm-2:45pm.

URBAN 410: Sustainable Cities Architecture meets urbanism in this study of green innovation. Structured like a virtual tour of remarkable urban places, the course profiles creative responses to blight and catastrophic events.  Topics include transportation, housing, pandemics, social welfare, famines, fires, and floods. PREREQ: Upper division standing.Tu-Th 4:30 pm-5:45

URBAN 491: Project Seminar Capstone preparation course that develops project management skills and integrates prior course work with strategies to address real-world problems. PREREQ: URBAN 240 and Senior Standing.  8/20/2018 – 12/07/2018 3:00 pm – 04:15 pm Th

URBAN 494: Civic Designs Making Public Space Beautiful: Urban design is what makes cities beautiful, livable, and unique. Come learn about design principles to activate public space and how public space reflects our community values. This applied class focusses on architecture, landscape architecture, and historic preservation as well as how policies encourage and discourage authentic, innovative, and sustainable design. 9/22/2018 – 9/23/2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sa-Su. Cross-listed with ENVSTD 494, SOC 494/594, HIST 494/594, HONORS 494.

URBAN 494: Designing Internet Surveys Internet surveys are a popular but often poorly designed research instrument used in public service. In this workshop, students will learn about online surveys as a research method, including their pros/cons, common ethical issues that arise, and the different software options. It will also cover the nuts and bolts of survey design, including question types; response formats; layout options, sampling, and pilot testing. 10/20/2018 – 10/21/2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sa-Su. Cross-listed with: CJ 494/594, POLS 494/594, HIST 494/594, SOC 494/594.

URBAN 494: Making Civics Real Tools for Public Participation: Encouraging civic engagement in our local communities is easier said than done. In this workshop, students will lean innovative tools and strategies for increasing public participation, including designing charrettes, organizing dotmocracies, creating public involvement plans, identifying helpful apps, using visual storytelling: the dos and don’ts of leading civic engagement efforts. 11/03/2018 – 11/04/2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sa-Su. Cross-listed with: ENVSTD 494, SOC 494/ 594, HONORS 494, HIST 494/ 594.

URBAN 494: Policy Advocacy  This workshop focuses on building the skills necessary to advocate for (or against) policy change, with an emphasis on the different kinds of advocacy professionals and the many different ways those professionals engage the policy system. 9/29/2018 – 9/30/2018 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Sa-Su. Cross-listed with: SPS 494, POLS 494/594, CJ 494/594.